Monthly Archives: July 2011

Willow Crest Winery 2008 Estate Grown cabernet franc

It’s been awhile since I have reported on a bonafide Darwin Award candidate, but the drought is over. A 53 year-old Florida man died late Thursday after snorting what he thought was cocaine. He and his brother were out in … Continue reading

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Gramercy Cellars 2008 Inigo Montoya tempranillo

Okay, so not everybody got that last post right now. Yes, there’s enough in there to satisfy some DaVinci Code breaker. Fine. Wait another 70 years and it will be hailed as some idiot savant post as I wheel myself … Continue reading

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Modern Wine Project 2004 Washington State cabernet sauvignon

So another Wine Bloggers Conference (WBC11) is in the books. This year’s vintage took place in the sweaty heat of Charlottesville, Virginia. Virginia is for lovers…of polo shirted drunk monkeys drenched in sweat. This past weekend at the Omni Hotel was … Continue reading

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Smasne Cellars 2007 Phinny Hill Vineyard carmenère

Another sign the USA is in decline: last year’s average high school seniors scored the equivalent of 56% on a standardized geography test. Think you could do better? Okay, here are four wineman questions for you to answer, and don’t try … Continue reading

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Sparkman Cellars 2008 Kindred Columbia Valley red wine

So I’ve been getting elbowed about this topic for a long time now… “Why don’t you post on your experiences in dealing with tasting room personnel?” To answer that would be to reveal far too many secrets that, really, is … Continue reading

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Maison Bleue 2009 Au Contraire French Creek Vineyard chardonnay

As a tribute to the recent baseball all-star game and my being elected the manager for the wine equivalent, here’s my Washington All-Stars batting lineup: #1. This position is called the “leadoff hitter.” This wine should set the tone at … Continue reading

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Mount Baker Vineyards & Winery 2008 Yakima Valley malbec

Another baseball All-Star Game is in the books, which means it’s time for the “us vs. them” issue. Let’s start with the opposition: the rest of the U.S. A 30 year-old Pennsylvania woman complained to her songwriting boyfriend that he … Continue reading

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